File:James Arness Gunsmoke 1956.JPG|thumb|right|James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon|Matt Dillon in the television version of ''Gunsmoke'' (1956)
'''''Gunsmoke''''' is an American radio and television Western (genre)|Western
drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell
and writer John Meston
. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas
, during the settlement of the Western United States|American West
. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon
, played by William Conrad
on radio and James Arness
on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was initially titled '''''Gun Law''''',
later reverting to ''Gunsmoke''.
The radio series ran from 1952 to 1961. John Dunning (writer)|John Dunning
[See Dunning. p. 305.]
wrote that among radio drama enthusiasts, "''Gunsmoke'' is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time."...